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Budget bill will again freeze paychecks for Congress at $174,000

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up during a ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up during a ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. AP

Congressional lawmakers won’t be getting a pay raise anytime soon.

The budget bill proposed Tuesday night froze pay again. Members of Congress last got an increase seven years ago. They got a 2.8 percent raise at that time, boosting the salary of most members to $174,000.

Since then, thanks to controversy over spending, lawmakers have refrained from going any higher.

The budget bill, which funds most of the federal government through the end of April, is expected to be considered by the House Thursday and the Senate Friday.

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David Lightman: 202-383-6101, @lightmandavid

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